Ok. School is back in session here, its time to get back on track and show you more quilts.
We call this one the Wreath of Balls. It measures 66" x 80" and was likely made between 1890 and 1925. I purchased it in Ottawa, Kansas in August 2006.
The blocks feature machine appliquéd claret wreaths on a muslin background. The condition is good. It has some stains, with a little wear showing on the binding. Its hand quilted in lovely feathered wreaths.
Brackman and Thompson declare this to be a good example of a claret appliquéd quilt. The machine appliqué is unusual for that period - I think that would have been hard to do. A wide binding is brought forward from the back, also a standard practice in that period, to frame a claret border.
Of the 15 appliquéd blocks, 14 are of wine-colored claret, one is a novelty red print, also of that period. Thank goodness, that made it quirky enough for me. A note with the quilt read: Vintage Quilt—Belonged to an original old-time family, probably made in the 1880s (Butell family)